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DCSO fights illiteracy

by Cass Teague

HiSET program manager Sybil Pruitt and program coordinator Tiffany Manning. (photo by Cass Teague)

HiSET program manager Sybil Pruitt and program coordinator Tiffany Manning. (photo by Cass Teague)

One good way to fight crime is to fight illiteracy. Metro Sheriff Daron Hall is arresting the problem of illiteracy and creating solutions to create productive citizens through education after release. The academic learning centers at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office offer Adult Education, Vocation and Post-Secondary Education. The academic learning centers’ primary focus is to offer participants who did not complete their traditional high school experience an opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.

“It’s extremely important we work to make individuals better while they are incarcerated,” says Sheriff Hall. “We have a wide-range of both educational programs as well as programs that help with addiction, parenting skills, job skills – and the list goes on. I want to make as much available as possible in hopes we make a difference in someone’s life and they never walk into our jails again. That’s really what it’s all about.”
Students work on basic to advanced educational programs, such as beginning literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) program, vocational aptitude testing, and Microsoft Office skills. The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) program is compatible to the current professional development materials used for high school equivalency assessment and covers five core areas: Language Arts – Reading; Language Arts – Writing; Mathematics; Science; and Social Studies. The education programs have defined goals and strategies that measure success. A diagnostic test is given to determine the level of each learner prior to starting classes. Materials are provided in Spanish and English.

The current HiSET exam is aligned to and measures the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) College and Career Readiness Standards. Classes are open to participants who request referral through their Case Managers, instructors and/or community leaders. When they are prepared to take the official HiSET examination, extra sessions are provided. All of the Sheriff’s Education Coordinators are well-qualified. Each instructor has a bachelor’s degree and correctional experience.

“Come to school and earn your high school equivalency diploma,” says Education Supervisor Sybil Pruitt, “at Metro South East – High School Equivalency Testing Site.” It’s simple: To take the official HiSET examination is FREE. The first copy of the official HiSET diploma is FREE. Once you receive your HiSET diploma from Metro South East, go to a reputable state community college for FREE. “

The program location is easy to find: Metro Southeast – Day Reporting Center, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. And the classes are easy to take, in varying length time blocks as follows: Mondays: 9am – 12:00pm, 1pm – 3:00pm & 5pm – 7:30pm; Tuesdays: 9am – 12:00pm, 1pm – 3:00pm & 5pm – 7:30pm; Wednesdays: 9am – 12:00pm & 12:30pm – 2:30pm; Thursdays: 9am – 12:00pm & 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Yes, the program is offered to non-offenders. Call this number now for more information and to find out how you or someone you know can benefit from this amazing free program: 615-862-5300 x 74717. Or feel free to email Education Coordinator Tiffany Manning at: tmanning@ dcso.nashville.org.

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